Church Communications Conference 2024

About Us

Empowering Your Church’s Voice!
In the heart of every church is a story of
faith
, hope
,
& community
In the heart of every
church is a story of
faith
, hope
,
& community
At Church Communications Group, we understand the profound responsibility of sharing this story in a way that resonates in today’s digital age. Founded in 2015 by Katie Allred and Darrel Girardier as a passion project, our journey began with a simple yet powerful idea: to create a space where church communicators could find the support, resources, and inspiration needed to navigate the complexities of modern communication. Today, we stand as a beacon for those dedicated to elevating their church’s message.

Our Mission and Core Values

Our mission is to equip churches with the best communication practices, bridging the gap between time-honored traditions and the forefront of communication technology. We strive to empower and educate church communicators, ensuring they have the tools and strategies needed for clear, impactful communication.

Our Vision

Our vision is ambitious: to become the global standard for church communication excellence, impacting 1 million churches by 2030. As we grow, our annual conference each fall, certification programs, and dynamic resources continue to evolve, reflecting the needs and aspirations of our community.

Meet Our Team

CEO, Missional Marketing Group of Companies

Jason Hamrock

General Manager

Kim Tarlton

Director of Curriculum, Founder

Katie Allred

Social Media Strategist

Zac Bernauer

Communications Consultant

Tika Stock

Communications Consultant

Garrett Gerhart

Communications Specialist

Joanna la Fleur

Communications Consultant

Jenn Clauser

Project Manager

Shanna Thompson

Events Coordinator

Brittany Bookout

Communications Associate

Tyler Snook

Communications

Ezra Cerezo

Sponsorship Coordinator

Debbie Porter

CEO, Missional Marketing Group of Companies

Jason Hamrock

With a background as a church Communications Director for 11 years and then launching and running a media company for a combined 10 years, Jason has spent the past seven years as CEO of the Missional Marketing Group of companies. He has coached hundreds of churches nationwide, helping them build strategies to reach the unchurched. He loves to create and invent when working with the staff and churches. Jason speaks at conferences and workshops throughout the year, sharing about church growth strategies that have proven to be successful. Check out the Missional Marketing Podcast, where he and co-host, Bart Blair, have produced more than 150 episodes.

General Manager

Kim Tarlton

With 26 years as a creative leader at mega-churches, Kim excels in communications, strategy, & leadership. Leading our church consulting at Church Communications Group, she crafts tailored marketing strategies, coordinates teams, and drives successful campaigns. Kim’s collaborative approach energizes meetings, leaving participants with actionable ideas. Her advocacy for multichannel communication solidifies her reputation as a visionary leader in church marketing. Kim is a Certified Facilitator of The Working Genius.

Director of Curriculum, Founder

Katie Allred

An experienced Marketing and Communications leader with expertise in partnership management and strategic decision-making. As the founder of ChurchCommunications.com, Katie has demonstrated her community-building, event-planning, and mentoring skills. She is an accomplished author, educator, and entrepreneur with a solid academic background.

Social Media Strategist

Zac Bernauer

Zac is one of the most creative ideators on our Church Communications Team. He brings ministry experience as a Digital Media Specialist. He has completed his Master’s degree in Theological Studies and his undergraduate degree in Pastoral Studies. Zac is passionate about churches developing their online presence to reach people for the gospel of Jesus. He recently obtained a certification with Hubspot for Social Media Marketing.

Communications Consultant

Tika Stock

Tika is a seasoned church communications professional with over seven years of experience. With a passion for graphic design and photography, she brings creativity and flair to her work, aiming to help churches reach their full communication potential. Tika is dedicated to caring for volunteers and church staff, recognizing their importance in church communities and ensuring they feel valued and equipped. Through her expertise, she helps churches develop cohesive branding and voice, making their communication strategies more impactful and engaging.

Communications Consultant

Garrett Gerhart

Garrett has dedicated over 20 years to church ministry. His experience as a youth pastor ignited a passion for church communications. Recognizing the significance of the changing communication technology landscape, he pursued an MA in Strategic Communication and Leadership. Garrett now collaborates with churches to optimize communication strategies, helping them accomplish their mission and vision within their community. In addition to coaching with Church Communications, Garrett serves as the Practitioner in Residence at The Christianity and Communication Studies Network. Here he researches and writes about media ecology and church leadership.

Communications Specialist

Joanna la Fleur

With degrees in business and theology, Joanna started her career in tech marketing and has since spent 15 years working inside and beside local churches, big and small. While the Creative Communications Director of a church that quickly grew from 500 to 5000 people, she found the Church Communications Facebook Group as a place of connection, coaching, and friendship. Her desire is to help churches sift through the noise and digital landscape to find the best ways that work for them to make good news sound truly good.

Communications Consultant

Jenn Clauser

An experienced Church Communications professional, passionate about curating content that calls hearts. (Jeremiah 1:4-10) She creatively extends the Gospel message and strategic vision of the church. Jenn works directly with churches supporting Communications Directors who are newer to ministry or who need an extra ear to bounce ideas off.

Project Manager

Shanna Thompson

With over 15 years of ministry experience, Shanna Thompson specializes in Creative Project Management and Communications. She helps churches plan ahead to make the most impact in their local communities. She thrives on organization and has trained hundreds of churches in the fundamentals of processes & planning. Shanna is also our lead Project Manager for Website builds, working closely with churches to make sure their desired outcome is met.

Events Coordinator

Brittany Bookout

With over 15 years of ministry experience, as a versatile and visionary Creative Director. She creates inclusive environments within the church where individuals feel deeply understood.

Communications Associate

Tyler Snook

Balances his time between supporting marketing and communications at Church Communications Group and leading global marketing campaigns at a tech company. He brings over a decade of experience in marketing, event production, and ministry.

Communications

Ezra Cerezo

Ezra has worked in Church Communications for 5 years as a remote marketing assistant – helping out with messaging on digital platforms. As a freelance creative and digital marketing specialist for 10 years, Ezra has experience in marketing for companies, marketing agencies, retail & consumer goods, and technology. With varied experience and a versatile skill set in digital marketing, Ezra is passionate about connecting communities and building brand presence through engaging campaigns.

Sponsorship Coordinator

Debbie Porter

Working closely with our church clients and sponsorship partners, Debbie deploys new projects to our team. She will often talk to clients in follow-up and to help get the conversation started. She is a Customer Service expert and can answer any question you may have. Debbie has been with the Missional Marketing Group of Companies since 2011.

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